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Nanorod Array Solid State Neutron Detectors

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2010 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Synkera Technologies, Inc.
2605 Trade Centre Ave. LONGMONT, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Nanorod Array Solid State Neutron Detectors
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CC45P
Award Amount: $99,897.00


In this Phase I SBIR project, Synkera proposes to develop and commercialize solid-state neutron detectors of a unique architecture that will enable sensor modules for a variety of operating environment. The neutron detectors are based around nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide, and will be fabricated using a combination of gas-phase and solution-based deposition methods. The detectors will incorporate a schottky junction surrounding a neutron-conversion material. As part of this development effort we will develop the deposition methods required for the various components of the detector and use modeling to evaluate the feasibility of the design. Our solid-state neutron detectors are expected to have much larger neutron sensitivity toward fast neutrons than conventional detectors at a lower weight and much lower power requirements. These features will enable solid state neutron spectrometers meeting all the NASA requirements on weight, volume, and power. We anticipate that large detector areas can be manufactured at costs below those of conventional neutron detectors.

Principal Investigator:

Rikard Wind
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Stephen S. Williams
President & CEO
Small Business Information at Submission:

Synkera Technologies, Inc.
2021 Miller Drive, Suite B Longmont, CO 80501

EIN/Tax ID: 364528660
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No